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+Gina Raimondo (D)
131,899
40.70%
Allan W. Fung (R)
117,428
36.24%
Robert J. Healey, Jr. (Mod.)
69,278
21.38%
Kate L. Fletcher (I)
3,483
1.07%
Leon M. Kayarian (I)
1,228
0.38%
write-in 739
0.23%

324,055

Registration: 752,050.   Total voters: 329,233.
Plurality:  14,471 votes (4.47 percentage points).

 RI Board of Elections




Notes: 
This was an open seat.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who was elected in 2010 as an independent but switched to the Democratic party in May 2013, announced on Sept. 4, 2013 that he would not seek re-election (>).

On the Democratic side
(>), Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announced his candidacy on Oct. 28, Treasurer Gina Raimondo entered the race on Dec. 18, and Clay Pell launched his campaign on Jan. 28, 2014.  Pell was best known as the grandson of the late long-serving U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell and the husband of Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.  In the Sept. 9 primary, Raimondo finished first with 53,990 votes (42.2%), followed by Taveras 37,326 (29.1%), Pell 34,515 (26.9%) and Todd Giroux 2,264 (1.8%).

Cranston May Allan Fung won the Republican primary by 17,530 votes (54.9%) to 14,399 (45.1%)  for Ken Block,  Block, a businessman and software developer, founded the Moderate Party of Rhode Island in 2009 and was its nominee for governor in 2010.

Also running was Robert J. Healey, a businessman, perennial candidate, and founder in 1994 of the Cool Moose Party, running as the nominee of the Moderate Party.  Two independents rounded out the field.

The three top candidates debated at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Oct. 21, broadcast on WPRI-TV in cooperation with the Providence Journal (>).

According to the National Institue on Money in Politics, the Raimondo campaign received contributions of $6.3 million compared to to $1.6 million for the Fung campaign (>).


Campaign Managers:
Gina Raimondo  Eric Hyers
(Nov. 2013) 
Campaign manager on Karen Spilka for Congress (MA-5), June-Oct. 2013.  Campaign manager on Nia Gil for State Senate (NJ), Apr.-June 2013.  Campaign manager on Cicilline for Congress, Mar.-Dec. 2012.  Executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party, Mar. 2011-Mar. 2012.  Campaign manager on David Cicilline for Congress (RI), Mar.-Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager on a State rep. race in Virginia, 2009.  Field director on Gary Trauner's campaign for Congress in Wyoming, Fall 2008.  Organizer in Iowa and Nevada on John Edwards' presidential primary campaign.  Field organizer on Kirsten Gillibrand's congressional campaign, 2006.  Degree in political science from Skidmore College, 2006.  Volunteer campaign manager on Cheryl Keyrouse for Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, 2005.  Grew up in North Adams, MA.

Allan Fung  Patrick A. Sweeney
Owner of Targeted Strategies in Providence area from April 2012; owner of Sweeney Law Group from 2011.  In house counsel to Orion Research LLC, June 2010-Dec. 2013.  Executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party under Chairman Ken McKay, Mar. 2011-Mar. 2012; Sweeney was a candidate for chairman, Dec. 2010-Mar. 2011 but withdrew.  Deputy campaign manager on Rep. John Loughlin's campaign for Congress, July-Nov. 2010.  Policy analyst in the Governor's office.  J.D. from New England School of Law, 2009; B.S. in criminal justice/pre-law from Northeastern University, 2003.  Warwick native.


See also:

Jaime Fuller.  "This Rhode Island candidate won 22 percent of the vote. He only  spent $35."  The Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2014.

--.  "Rhode Island Could Elect Its First Asian-American Governor."  NBC News, Nov. 3, 2014.

--.  "Rhode Island Sets November Matchup For Governor."  NPR, Sept. 10, 2014.


Iowa State University - Archives of Women's Political Communication: Gina Raimondo.








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